Starwood Hotels & Resorts Earns Top Marks in 2015 Corporate Equality Index

The Company Continues to Earn 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Thirteenth Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

STAMFORD, Conn. - December 8, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Starwood has received a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index over the past nine years and joins the ranks of 364 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

"With more than 1,200 hotels in 100 countries and nearly 200,000 associates worldwide, our company diversity is a huge point of pride for us," said Frits van Paasschen, President and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. "We work hard to ensure our guests and associates feel welcomed, respected and accepted at our hotels around the globe, and we value our long-standing partnership with the HRC as we continue to work together to build support for the LGBT community."

Most recently, Starwood’s W brand partnered with the HRC to launch a fundraising and awareness initiative for nationwide LGBT equality, called "TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE". As part of the campaign, W Hotels across the US are hosting monthly "TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE" music events, from which a portion of the proceeds are donated to the HRC’s fight to bring real and lasting change for LGBT Americans in all 50 states.

"At Starwood, we believe that our differences are not only worth recognizing but something to celebrate," said Jeff Cava, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer of Starwood. "Over the past nine years my team has been excited to complete this survey on behalf of the organization to show our continued progress and commitment to the LGBT community."

The 2015 CEI rated 972 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Starwood Hotel & Resorts’ efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

About The Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands.

SOURCE Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts
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